Frickley aim for a final flourish

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FRICKLEY Athletic go into a huge Easter bank holiday weekend double header with their Evo-Stik Premier Division status at stake.

The Blues require positive results from their trip to Marine on Saturday and final game of the season at home against North Ferriby United on Monday (both kick-off at 3pm) to haul them out of the relegation places.

Things are tight at the bottom of the division with the Blues battling against Burscough, Hucknall Town and Nantwich Town respectively to survive.

But Frickley boss Peter Rinkcavage believes his side has what it takes to beat the drop.

“The players showed they have the right mentality under extreme pressure at Northwich on Saturday and we need to show that for our final games,” he said.

“They’re going to be tough, there’s no doubt about it, but the other sides around us have tough games too.

“I think one win could see us safe but we’ll be going into each game looking for maximum points.”

The Blues have suffered a blow with the news that striker Ashley Burbeary has played his last game of the season after suffering a hamstring injury in the weekend win at Northwich.

Rinkcavage also had doubts over the fitness of Danny Walsh, Ashley Longstaff and Grant Darley this week but the trio all featured in the 3-1 defeat at FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night.

“It’s a major blow for us to lose Ash but we just have to get on with things, there’s nothing we can do,” said the Blues boss.

“We’ll assess everyone before the games this weekend and fingers crossed we’ll have no more injuries.”

Marine and North Ferriby both still have something to play in the shape of the Premier Division play-offs, meaning Frickley won’t get an easy ride in either game.

Frickley Athletic U15s will provide the entertainment as a curtain raiser to Monday’s game against Ferriby.

The young Blues, who top the Leeds and Dsitrict League, play Hall Road Rangers (kick-off 12 noon).

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for all the latest sports news from around the area.